If he’s as tough on left-handed hitters as he is on spelling bee contestants, the Indians have a good one.
The Cleveland Indians announced this afternoon that they acquired left-handed pitcher Marc Rzepczynski (zep-CHIN-skee) from the St. Louis Cardinals in exchange for minor league infielder Juan Herrera.
Rzepczynski has spend most of his time at Triple-A Memphis this season, going 1-2, with a 3.07 ERA in 44 innings. In 11 games with the Cardinals this season he has a 7.84 ERA in 10.1 innings. He was optioned to Triple-A yesterday by the Cardinals.
The Indians intend to use Rzepczynski in their bullpen as a left-handed specialist, aiding Rich Hill. He has a .294 batting average against lefties at the big league level in just 18 plate appearances. He has struggled mightily against righties, allowing a .407 batting average in 32 plate appearances. At Triple-A left-handed hitters were hitting just .185 against Rzepczynski.
Rzepczynski has compiled a major league record of 9-17 with a 4.20 ERA in 177 games between the Toronto Blue Jays and St. Louis Cardinals since debuting with the Jays in 2009. In his big league career lefties have hit .224 off him. His best season came in 2011 between Toronto and STL, posting a combined ERA of 3.34 in 71 games while tossing 2.2 scoreless innings (4K) in the 2011 World Series for the eventual champs.
He is arbitration eligible for the first time in his career after this season.
Herrera is a 20-year old infielder at Short Season-A Mahoning Valley. In 39 games, he was hitting .275, with a home run and 11 runs batted in, in 172 plate appearances.
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